Man pleads guilty to 3 Springfield armed robberies

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A man has admitted to robbing three Vermont businesses at gunpoint.

The Rutland Herald reports 38-year-old Michael Bickford, formerly of the village of Perkinsville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington this week to robbing three Springfield businesses in 2016.

Police say Bickford robbed the Windsor County South Credit Union, Mascoma Savings Bank and River Street Pharmacy during a three-month period. Officials say Bickford was arrested after a two-hour standoff following the pharmacy robbery.

According to police, Bickford stole hundreds of narcotic pills from the pharmacy and a combined amount of over $15,324 from Windsor County South Credit Union and Mascoma Savings Bank.

Bickford faces eight years in prison when he is sentenced.

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